Rifle set for annual rendezvous
Rifle Rendezvous schedule highlights:
Thursday, May 16:
Carnival opens at 5 p.m.
Friday, May 17:
Carnival — 4–11 p.m.
Food & Craft Vendors — 4–8 p.m. (Indoor Arena, Garfield County Fairgrounds)
History Walk with Paul Bernklau — 4–10 p.m. (indoor arena)
Shamrock Shindig — 7–11 p.m., silent auction, live auction, and country western dance provided by Garfield County 4-H Council (indoor arena)
Saturday, May 18:
Rendezvous car show — 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (downtown on Third Street)
Performance by Full Throttle Dance Company — 10–11 a.m. (indoor arena)
Exhibition from Garfield County Sheriff's K-9 Division — 12–1 p.m. (indoor arena)
Churchill’s Artilluma Dance Company and Friends, variety dance show and comedy — 1–2 p.m. (indoor arena)
Justin Todd Herod — 9–11:30 p.m. (outdoor arena)
Sunday, May 19
Rodeo Camp fundraiser breakfast — 7:30–10:30 a.m. (indoor arena)
Church services with Flattops Cowboy Church and Justin Todd Herod — 10 a.m. through the evening
For the 23rd year in a row, Rifle is gearing up for a celebration of everything the town has to offer, from local food to live music, at this weekend’s Rifle Rendezvous.
Event President Scott Brynildson said he’s looking forward to seeing musician Justin Todd Herod close out Saturday night’s show.
Herod, a Christian country singer from Texas, will headline the live music playing at the outdoor arena at the Garfield County Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Brynildson said he got involved in the Rendezvous because he wanted to help grow the Sunday worship, which he called something of a “taillight” party when he started it, wherein everybody would just leave after breakfast and “nobody would attend.”
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Sunday will feature multiple church services in the morning and afternoon, with Herod and the Flattops Cowboy Church.
“I wanted to see people come together and worship on Sunday without any strings attached,” Brynildson said on why he became involved with the Rifle spring event. “I hope everybody comes to the breakfast and worship on Sunday morning.”
While the Sunday morning worship drew Brynildson to the rendezvous in the first place, he added that it has become a much larger event than when he first started with a carnival lasting all weekend.
He’s excited to see people come from across the Colorado River and Roaring Fork valleys, as this year’s car show is expected to be well attended.
The rendezvous car show will be combining with the Minter Car Show to help support the Rifle High School SkillsUSA students. All the proceeds from the event will be used to support the team’s trip to nationals.
A full schedule of the Rifle Rendezvous can be found: here.
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